Former New York Mets player Roberto Alomar has been sued by his former girlfriend, Ilya Dall, 31, who says that Alomar gave her AIDS from unprotected sex. Once rare in torts, claims of negligent or intentional exposure to sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) has become much more common in American courts under theories of negligence or battery or infliction of emotional distress. She is suing the Puerto Rican baseball star for $15 million.
Dall allegedly lived with the ex-Met for three years and say him develop serious health problems — leading to his being tested for AIDS in January 2006. while suffering from a cough, fatigue and shingles.
Soon after, he developed full blown AIDS.
His lawyer, Charles Bach, responded to the lawsuit by saying, “We believe this is a totally frivolous lawsuit. These allegations are baseless. He’s healthy and would like to keep his health status private. We’ll do our talking in court.” He would not confirm if Alomar has AIDS. His father, Mets bench coach Sandy Alomar, says that his son has never told him that he has AIDS and would have done so.
Dall, who has two children, says that a month after they began dating, Alomar allegedly convinced Dall to have unprotected sex and assured her he was disease-free.
Such cases have become common, often as a claim of battery. Other celebrities like Robin Williams have been sued for allegedly exposing women to herpes or other diseases.